Martin enters Saville Shootout

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

There's not much more Kevin Martin needs to accomplish in his curling career.

He's won Briers and world championships.

He's won Olympic silver and gold medals.

Heck, he even broke a career-long slump when he won the Lloydminster bon-spiel a couple of seasons back.

He's won plenty of money along the way and a few years back became the first skip to have earned more than a million dollars in his career.

So, what's a guy like him doing in a place like this?

Martin was out on the Saville Centre ice, a stone's throw away from his sporting goods supply store.

Curiously, it was the first time in the five-year history of the event he's entered a team for the annual September Shootout.

Can't be for the money. A couple of hundred bones per win and $5,000 if his team wins Sunday's final.

Maybe it was the chance to play with his son Karrick for the first time in a World Curling Tour event.

"Rhymes with car wreck," Martin joked. "First time in a Tour event for sure. It was good to get Karrick on the ice and throw a few."

The younger Martin was a third for Colin Hodgson's rink in this spring's Alberta junior and was a one-game sub for John Morris, who's reclaiming his spot at third Friday.

"It went all right," said Martin, a 10-5 winner in his first outing since winning Olympic gold seven months ago. "A little bit of rust, obviously, but that's OK."

Martin is not ready to hang them up yet, especially when his team is at the top of its game. A youthful supporting cast keeps him going.

"It's still fun," said Martin. "There's no question I'll shut 'er down once it's not fun. For now, I'm enjoying it.

"I really enjoy a tough game and a battle. That's fun for me. If that goes away, it's time to shut 'er down.

"The other guys are young and full of energy. There's no trouble with those guys. They're 25 years from having this discussion."

Being an Olympic gold medallist carries a price. The team's notoriety has made it much-in-demand and Martin almost shudders at the hectic schedule his agent has already assigned him.

"It's going to be a lot busier," said Martin. "There's a lot of corporate stuff we had to deal with already. We haven't really had an off-button yet and our whole team is going to be busy.

"We're only going to curl about an 80% schedule, but we're a lot busier with travel and commitments. It probably will (have an impact), but there's not much you can do about that."

On the plus side, this season is not part of the next Olympic quadrennial, so whatever distractions the team's schedule will throw at them will have a minimal effect on qualifying for another Olympics.

"It's straight ahead, so that's a really good feeling for our team," said Martin, confirming every team member is on board for another four years.

"The young guys are OK, but it's me I'm worried about more. Fatigue for me, yeah, I'm worried about that a bit. It's not going to happen every day, so you may as well take advantage of it and enjoy it while you can."


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